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Publisher's Summary

A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and life. New from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on a quest for the meaning and passion behind work.

Josh, an up-and-comer at a leading technology company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

Through Josh's journey cross-country journey, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and inspiration in your own business and life. When he discovers where and how to plant the seed, you'll get a new sense of what it means to live and work with passion and purpose.

This book offers practical wisdom on discovering your true purpose, professionally and in life in general, in the form of a business fable by Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of The Energy Bus and Soup. Nobody captures the deeper meaning of business like Jon Gordon, and The Seed is his most searching and significant book yet. Whatever your profession, take this insightful look at the purpose behind work, and plant the seed of inspiration in your life!

©2011 Jon Gordon (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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Great Book...terrible narrator

What did you like best about The Seed? What did you like least?

I'm a big fan of Jon Gordon's work. The content of this book was great. However, the narrator was horrible. His intonation is soo annoying that I found this book very difficult to finish despite the great content.

Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Synnestvedt’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Jon Gordon is a talented author and narrator. I hope that in the future he sticks to narrating his own books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narrator voice inflections were distracting

I loved the story and the voice, however, the enunciation and emphasis on words at the ends of sentences were awkward and choppy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A light yet insightful self questioning story

Funnily enough i wasnt expecting such a light hearted and follow through story. I have read many practical books on finding my purpose and this has been one of the most inspiring, allowing me to question myself in the process of a fable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore where they are at, why they may be there and just enjoy the story of a life and the signs in the offering. This book does make you think about the part you play in the bigger picture, and ultimately the choices that are yours. This will be a book i go back too when i need a rejuvenating view of a life - which is the ultimate review of an audio book from my perspective.

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Good story but no real guidance

Good story but no real guidance; no real specific examples of how to find purpose.

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The Seed

I really enjoyed this book. Actually as I was listening to it it seemed as if it was talking to me. Perfect timing in my life!

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Simply Fabulous

the beginning of the book seemed very predictable so don't stop. It's amazing. Great reading for all ages.

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Great book - didn't like the narrator

I purchased after reading and loving the hard copy so I could listen repeatedly in the car. REALLY don't like the narrator. very nasaly and no emotion or feeling to the delivery. truly disappointed.

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Very Disappointed

What would have made The Seed better?

Better narration

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really like Jon Gordon, but not this book. Good storyline but got a little sappy.

What didn’t you like about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance?

To distinctive on the last word of a sentence. He try's to pronounce each word perfectly

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Really like the work of Jon Gordon, but was left with disappointment with this book. He tried to play off The Energy Bus but fell short. Still like his work. Just my opinion you may like it. It is a good storyline.

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Good Message - Bland Book with Terrible Narration

While I truly appreciate the intent of this little book, I feel this is the epitome of white, Christian, corporate, "safe" messaging. Perhaps that is needed in many circles, however, and so I applaud the author's efforts to get it out there. In my mind this book is the standard casserole served in the cinder-block church basement "fellowship dinner." Perhaps the chef felt he was adventurous by adding a little oregano this year with the naming of the dog "Dharma," but still - it's the same old casserole that everyone loves. I was left just tasting the mushy salt browned carbohydrates that is undeniably filling, and yet causes sluggishness. Give me food for the soul that provides flavor, texture, nutrition, and strength, please!

One can only hope that the narrator has read some of these reviews and has decided to plant his seed elsewhere, as it is truly an abysmal performance. I'm sure he's a nice man. His voice SOUNDS like he is a nice man. It's simply that he is a really terrible narrator. I was so amazed at how bad the performance was that I became intrigued as to who this person was. I looked him up and found he's read many books! He is actually PAID to do this repeatedly. Unsurprisingly, he has many terrible reviews for those books as well. People like this fascinate me. I wish him success. Either in another field, or in Voiceover classes.

All in all, if you enjoy safe, White, Christian messaging as read by a man with exact and annoying speech cadence, then this book is for you!

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A Lovely Story

The Seed is a lovely story about finding meaning and purpose in life. or more accurately, bringing meaning and purpose to life. Though a little clichéd at times, well worth the listen if you are looking for direction in your career or life.